HOW DO I CHANGE MY NEGATIVE THINKING PATTERNS?

DEAR DALI MAMA:

How do I change my negative thinking patterns?

–Negative Nellie (United States)

DEAR N.N.:

Well, by asking this question, I’d say you’ve already done the most important thing. You became aware of existing negative-thinking patterns and did something with conscious effort to change—you wrote in with this question!

The next step is an ongoing process. Notice whenever a negative thought pops into your mind and then transform it into a manageable, positive thought. For example, if you look around at clutter around you and think, “I can never organize my house,” you could perhaps instead think, “I am going to throw away any dried-up pens from my desk,” thereby breaking up what seems an impossible goal into smaller manageable tasks and validating what you accomplished.

This is something you can do with any type of negative thoughts. I congratulate you on making this important change in your life.

 

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